With the political season hitting full stride, a city resident wanted to know what's happened to some signs.
Although they didn't support a candidate, soft-spoken Edna Sek had a concern to express to Common Council during its recent meeting.
Sek figures someone is taking the red and white "Save Our County Home" signs that have been quite noticeable since the issue of the facility's future has been a focus for Chautauqua County politicians and home supporters.
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City of Dunkirk resident Edna Sek is pictured as she talks to Common Council about the Chautauqua County Home.
"I am concerned be-cause I have noticed this past week or two as I go for groceries or whatever, that many of our save our beautiful home (signs), a lot of them are gone," Sek began during her privilege of the floor time. "I see four along the side on Doughty Street Extension, I know there are others on other places. I only saw one in Third Ward. I'm not going up and down the street, just when I'm going anywhere. But I've called a few people and they said, 'gee, I didn't notice, but mine is gone too.'
"I'm wondering if anybody here knows. I'm hoping the police chief would be here but maybe he wouldn't know either but I'd like to know who has got the right to pull those signs out and who has ordered it. I feel as many as I see are missing that somebody has requested that some of them disappear, all of them disappear, I'm not sure."
Sek said she wanted to make people aware and then issued a warning.
"If I find that it's true that somebody's deliberately doing that, and if our legislators that are supposed to represent us vote down the home that we so dearly need, then I will tell all my children. I have 12 grown grandchildren with spouses, they have some children, they'll lose a lot of votes in my family alone," she stated. "I'm old and my husband votes. ... I really will work very hard if I find that this is the case. I will call all my friends. Somehow, get some of my friends to make calls and tell anybody that votes against that home, this is taking a chance.
"I don't care whether they're handing cash or whatever deal they have, you don't know what they're going to do, you don't know what the, if it's going to be any better. Perhaps they can figure something out with the people that are responsible. You know, that would like to stay there."
Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak asked if anyone knew about the signs but got no reply.
"We'll look into it," she told Sek.
Police Chief David Ortolano along with Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom were excused from attending the meeting.
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